Tag: Urchin Clingfish (Diademichthys lineatus)

The Urchin Clingfish (Diademichthys lineatus), also known as the Yellow Stripe Clingfish is easily mistaken as a member of the Pipefish family (Syngnathinae).

Pipefish family (Syngnathidae) due to its elongated body shape and choice of habitat, among the spines of Sea Urchins or Crinoids (Echinoderms) for protection.

They are often overlooked due to their small size (approx. 5cm) but are very common in local waters and easily distinguished by their dark brown/maroon colour, with a pair of yellow stripes running along the length of the body and yellow spot in the center of the tail.

The Urchin Clingfish (Diademichthys lineatus), also known as the Yellow Stripe Clingfish is easily mistaken as a member of the Pipefish family (Syngnathinae).

Pipefish family (Syngnathidae) due to its elongated body shape and choice of habitat, among the spines of Sea Urchins or Crinoids (Echinoderms) for protection.

They are often overlooked due to their small size (approx. 5cm) but are very common in local waters and easily distinguished by their dark brown/maroon colour, with a pair of yellow stripes running along the length of the body and yellow spot in the center of the tail.

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Urchin Clingfish (Diademichthys Lineatus)

Urchin Clingfish (Diademichthys Lineatus) are usually quite difficult to photograph due to their small size and constant movement.

The subject in this photo created a very rare opportunity as it was sitting stationary on a small rock, allowing for some nice close-up shots.